The account in the book of first Kings Chapter thirteen tells us that the young prophet went on his way after the incident at the altar, but another prophet heard about his ministry exploits and persuaded him to stay for a meal. The young prophet still refused because of the word of The Lord that commanded him that he should not to stay, but leave using another way.
Now, the only way to change the young prophet’s mind was to convince him that God had changed his plan. At that time, the person who was able to effectively change the young prophet’s mind was a person he respected. The young prophet definitely respected the old prophet and that is why he stayed, but does God change his mind?
One obvious fact is that if you are out and about and then meet someone you share the professional ambitions with, one thing that will be certain is that he or she will have tremendous effect on your life as you would on him or her. You will trust that person even though you just met for the very first time because you assume he upholds the same professional standards. This can be deceptive therefore stay right on with the standards that are expected of you. You need to question things that are questionable and stand strong in your conviction regarding your standards.
First of all, never do something God has prohibited just because someone you respect does it. Everyone else can be doing whatever is desired, but not for you. Just because everyone is doing it does not mean you can also do it. God’s standard for you could be higher because of the call that he has placed on your life.
When you are serving The Lord just like that young prophet, you may not be allowed to do certain things that other people may consider to be “normal” and are doing. It is all because you are set apart for The Lord. You are sanctified. There is a reason why the old prophet was not used to challenge King Jeroboam. You have a special mission on earth therefore stay focused.
The next thing that you have to know is that God never changes. That is the reason why the callings of God are of no repentance. In Hebrews 13:8 the Bible says, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever (KJV). Religious standards can change, but God’s standards never change. His word never changes therefore what he has said is forever established. God never changed in his plan for the young prophet just like he has not changed his mind about what he requires of you.
How many times have you been convinced by someone you highly respect just to find yourself being pulled down to some compromising situation. You are not alone; it has happened to a lot more other people. Sometimes you may plan and purpose in your heart that you are all out to obey The Lord just to find out you ran short on some promise you made. It can be disheartening, but you can learn to stand your ground and allow God to help you. Press on; at least you now know you are just human and that only God is God alone.
At some point in your life when people begin to see something of value in your life, just like what happened with this young prophet, some people will try everything else to pull you down. Whatever you may be going through remember that Jesus Christ can help you. Ask Jesus for help and he will help you. He is the resurrection and the life.
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